OpenSpace: For a celebration called life

OpenSpace is a celebration of life and its challenges. We help make life a celebration, specially for those whom such celebration seems distant and human rights remains a dream. The celebration of life is a fundamental human right that we endorse.

We support the celebration of life by sharing information, resources and solidarity. We provide support in institution development, documentation and training, publishing, human rights education, advocacy and campaigns.

We empower the excluded and enable excellence.

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Presbyterian Hunger Program

Despite great efforts, nearly 870 million people still go to bed hungry each night, the vast majority of whom live in developing countries. Poverty, unjust economic systems, conflicts, and climate change are some of the primary causes of hunger today. In order to work toward ending hunger and poverty, we believe that not only is it necessary to respond to the immediate needs of people, but to also address the unjust structures and systems which contribute to their impoverishment.

UN Democracy Fund

Deadline: 31 December 2015
The United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF) invites civil society organizations to apply for funding for projects to advance and support democracy during the annual proposal window, which opens 15 November. Grants are open to: Civil Society Organizations, NGOs, Independent and Constitutional Bodies, Global and Regional inter-government bodies.

Acumen Global Fellows Program (Deadline: 8 December 2015)

Acumen Global Fellows Program: Join a Cohort of Emerging Leaders who will Change the World
Deadline: 8 December 2015

Applications are open for the Acumen Global Fellows Program 2016. The Program seeks to build the next generation of social sector leaders by providing them with skills, tools and opportunities to reach their full leadership potential. Each year, Acumen recruits highly talented and passionate young professionals to reflect on their role as leaders, build their leadership capacity, and provide management support to a company in our ecosystem.

winsight 17: Purposive networking

Purposive Networking

The ten commandments—the ten ‘C’s—of networking are: common values, core competence, critical mass, complementarities, creativity, cost, control, credit, change and complexities. Forming a critical mass is an important part of networking.

Tools to monitor the Implementation of the SCs&STs (Prevention of Atrocities) Act 1989

The implementation of the SCs and STs (PoA) Act 1989 and Rules 1995 can be tracked systematically by the precise provisions of the Act and Rules.

Given below are the entire set of documents that go from the Act to the Rules and then the tools to monitor this Act. They will tell you all you need to know in a practical, step by step guide.

Use the set along with the Right to Information Act 2005 (RTI).

Download the whole set and use!

Duleep Matthai Nature Conservation Fellowship

The Duleep Matthai Nature Conservation Fellowship Programme

Vocabulary of Commons

The ‘Vocabulary of commons’ is a socio-linguistic enquiry into the legal and livelihood consequences of the term ‘commons’ – a search for a vocabulary that reflects a commons approach to a life with dignity in harmony with Gaia and communitarian aspirations. It is to strengthen community articulation and make their voices heard in the ongoing efforts of dialogue between communities, academics, practitioners and decision makers. The book is co-authored by over 30 practitioners, intellectuals and researchers.

UID. UIDAI, AADHAAR: The promise, the premise and performance—a reality check

**If you are looking for a compilation of different articles on UIDAI go to (AND)**
Periodic updates at

for a humourous take (AND)

** A good short guide
**their response **

Aadhaar, meaning ‘foundation’ or ‘base’ (ironically al-Qa'ida!) is India’s attempt to provide an Unique Identity (UID) number to every person residing in india (and presumably every Indian citizen whether living in India or not).

Dr. B. R. Ambedkar on Republic Day (26th January)

On 26th January 1950, we are going to enter into a life of contradictions. In politics, we will have equality and in social and economic structure, continue to deny the principle of one man one value.

Donors and Foundations

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